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Oral history interview with Sonja Gottlieb Ludsin

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0262

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sonja Gottlieb Ludsin, born in Riga, Latvia on October 20, 1923, describes growing up in a well-off family; the Russian invasion in June 1940, during which the Russians took away two of her brothers; her other two brothers deciding to join the partisan movement; going into the Riga ghetto with the remaining members of her family in 1941; the liquidation of the ghetto and being saved by a messenger who warned her not to go back to the ghetto; never learning what happened to her family; her deportation to Kaiserwald in 1943 and from there to another camp in Latvia, where she was forced to sing to entertain the Germans; her transfer to Stutthof in August 1944; being selected to be gassed but hiding in a gutter to save herself; being transferred to Magdeburg, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, where she reunited with one of her brothers; and her liberation by American troops in the spring of 1945.

Interviewee
Sonja G. Ludsin
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1994 July 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:11:36
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